Vixen Star Guy Alt-AZ Pro Mount and Tripod

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    March, 2009
Vixen Star Guy Alt-AZ Pro Mount and Tripod
Posted by pastorg on Friday, March 02, 2012 12:26 PM

Hello fellow forum members!

Has anyone tried the new Vixen Star Guy Alt-Az Pro Mount and Tripod as to whether or not it is really any better than the Vixen Porta Mount?  I know it is listed for $499.  I have been debating back and forth about getting another scope.  I want a larger refractor to go with the dob beyond the one I currently have which is a Meade 70mm AZ on a small and shakey aluminum tripod.  The one I keep considering is the SW 100mm ED OTA refractor.  Just wondering if the f/9 scope would be a good fit for the Star Guy mount and tripod or would the tripod still be too shakey for it?

Thanks for any input!


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    March, 2012
Posted by Locoman on Friday, March 09, 2012 3:32 AM

Hello, I own the StarGuy and I'll give my opinion about it.  The tripod is heavy but not unmanageable.   I use a ST120 and a C6 CAT on it.  It's not a grab-n-go but a lug-n-go.  Vibrations last about four to five seconds before it dampens down.  When I  use vibration suppression pads it dampens down in about two seconds or less.  In my opinion it is not the tripod but the mount head  itself that causes the vibrations.  On many web sites and even Vixens itself they state that the maximum weight limit is 20 lbs but the owners manual states 11 lbs?  Woodland Hills is selling it for $349.00 and the Porta ll with the regular tripod for $259.00 until March 31st.  I also have the AZ4 with the aluminum tripod.  As far as stability goes the AZ4 is a much better mount and will handle heavier loads but it doesn't have slow motion controls.  My AZ4 has the same tripod legs as the Porta ll and is much more stable.  The StarGuy tripod is really nice and heavy duty but like I said it is the mount head that is the weakest link but with a smaller scope it is just fine.  If I could do it over again I would get the regular Porta ll and not the StarGuy but for $90.00 more I got a really nice tripod.  The slow motion controls work really well and with the suppression pads I am satisfied with it.

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